The Climate Change Challenge and Barriers to the Exercise of Foresight Intelligence

by Ellen Broaddus

In Ross et al. (2016), experts from various academic fields assess some of the barriers that aid today’s denial and inaction combating climate change, even with overwhelming evidence from the scientific community. This hesitancy is traced back to a combination of cognitive shortcomings and the difficulty to work collectively on an issue so complex and seemingly indirect. However, the authors provide examples of strategies used to combat said inaction and their efficacy.    Continue reading

Increase in Hot Environments by Climate Change Can Increase Chronic Kidney Disease Rates

by Amelia Hamiter

Most studies on the relation between heat stress and renal dysfunction have focused on developed Western countries, but different climates and socioeconomic factors could have implications for that relation in other regions. Kiranmayi et al. (2014) investigate the effects of heat and developments of chronic kidney disease in low-income areas of India, a country that has different environmental conditions from the nations in which this relation has previously been studied. They observe that extreme exposure to hot weather heightens the risk of kidney injury in healthy individuals and speeds progression towards chronic kidney disease (CKD) in individuals with preexisting kidney conditions or other conditions that make them vulnerable to renal dysfunction. Continue reading